In Marin County, a Battle Between Salmon Survival and Property Rights
The Lagunitas Creek watershed in Marin County has been the scene of a low-key drama over the past couple of decades.
The network of creeks draining toward Tomales Bay from Mount Tamalpais is home to one of the last viable wild populations of coho salmon on our part of the California coast. Coho are an endangered species — listed by both the state and federal governments — and are getting all sorts of help to save them from extinction.
The Oakland Tribune 6/2/13
Lake Merritt renovations to be celebrated at June 9 event
A decade ago the voters of Oakland passed a bond measure known as Measure DD — the Oakland Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks. Nowhere have the benefits of the $198 million bond been more widely felt than in and around Lake Merritt.
A free event on June 9, “Love Our Lake Day,” promises to acknowledge and celebrate these exciting improvements.
Residents and visitors will be able to experience firsthand how the DD projects have transformed the lake and surrounding parkland with new landscaping, landmark building renovations, pathways and bridges — making walking and biking the perimeter safer and easier than ever.
SF Gate 6/6/13
Ting’s bill on Warriors arena sails through Assembly
A controversial measure to smooth the way for a new Warriors’ arena on Piers 30-32 cruised through the Assembly Thursday on a 50-9 vote.
AB 1273, which San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced at the request of Mayor Ed Lee and the Port of San Francisco, would allow the state Legislature, rather than the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, to determine whether the stadium plan meets the definition of a public trust as regards shoreline development.
Opponents of the project have called Ting’s measure an end run around the BCDC, which oversees and issues permits for waterfront projects. Supporters say that the commission will still retain its oversight when it comes to the placement and design of the actual project.
Deep-Sea Garbage Caught on Video
We’ve all heard about the problem of trash in the oceans and seen photos of the Pacific Garbage patch and other plastic “gyres,” which coat hundreds of thousands of square ocean miles with plastic flotsam. But what happens to the heavy stuff? New research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows that trash is also accumulating in the deep sea, as much as two and a half miles beneath the ocean surface. And there’s video to prove it.
China’s plastic-bag ban turns five years old
What do you give a plastic-bag ban for its fifth birthday? In the case of China, which over the weekend celebrated five years of restrictions on plastic shopping bags, officials are showering their ban with accolades and crediting it with keeping tens of billions of bags out of landfills and the environment.
The rules, which took effect on June 1, 2008, ban the manufacture or use of the thinnest types of plastic bags. They also prohibit supermarkets, department stores, and grocery stores from giving away thicker varieties, requiring them to charge customers for the bags.
San Francisco Bay Crossings 6/13
San Francisco Bay Trail Beckons Urban Adventurers
Nothing exemplifies the adage “the best things in life are free” like the San Francisco Bay Trail, the 330-mile path that offers endless outdoor joy to hikers, joggers, bikers, birders and anyone who loves meandering and discovering sights and scenes along our spectacular Bay shoreline.
Mile by mile and year by year, the Bay Trail is reaching its ultimate goal of encircling the entire Bay, extending 500 miles through all nine Bay Area counties. With a newly updated set of Bay Trail maps just issued, there is no time like the present to explore this recreational treasure. Since 2007, when the last Bay Trail maps were published, 60 miles of new trails have been completed, closing gaps and adding major new sections of paved, multi-use paths, dirt trails, bike lanes and sidewalks, with something new to explore in every county.
Mother Nature Network 6/7/13
Palo Alto Baylands: Magnificent Marshes will take your Breath Away
The Palo Alto Baylands Preserve is a special place in the San Francisco bay area. This 1,940-acre stretch of wild space is one of the largest pieces of undisturbed marshland left in the bay area, and is considered one of the best birding spots on the West Coast. Not only is it a place for birders, but the 15 miles of multi-use trails and open water offer a wide variety of activities for visitors.
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